The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) will commence a regular quarterly inspection exercise of businesses across Liberia on Monday, April 24 that will end on May 23, 2017.
According to a release from MOCI, the objective of the inspection exercise is to provide protection for consumers and to ensure continuous compliance with standard regulations across the country.
The inspection will also certify that products found on the Liberian market are tested by the National Standards Laboratory (NSL) to meet international standards and to conform to the General Business Law of Liberia.
“Our inspectors will conduct field inspections from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ministry’s general inspection will focus on three cardinal areas, which include Business Registration Enforcement, General Commodity Standard Inspection and Market Surveillance and Price Monitoring,” the MOCI release said.
According to the ministry, the inspections will cover several businesses, including mini and supermarkets, grocery stores, cold storages, convenience stores, electronic stores and water companies.
The ministry said the metrology division of the National Standards Laboratory will be carrying out the Bureau of Industrial Services Quarterly Gas Station and Weighing Instruments Verification and Inspection at all relevant establishments.
Regarding petroleum, the Ministry said the process is being carried out to ensure that consumers receive the required quantity of petroleum products and other consumable goods that are purchased by measurement (volume and weight).
The Ministry has meanwhile called on the business community to fully comply with the inspectors who will be out implementing the inspection exercise.
“The leadership of the Ministry has instructed inspectors and all concerned departments to ensure that the process is extended throughout the rural parts of Liberia to guarantee good health and safety for all Liberian citizens,” MOCI said.
The senior management said it remains committed to creating a vibrant and reliable commercial atmosphere for the people of Liberia.